PC-BSD 10.1.2 Is Out with New PersonaCrypt Utility, Tor Mode, Lumina Desktop 0.8.4

While not a Linux distribution, PC-BSD is a noteworthy open-source computer operating system that offers a modern and unique desktop environment based on FreeBSD.

On May 18, Ken Moore from the PC-BSD team had the great pleasure of announcing the immediate availability for download of the second point release of PC-BSD 10.1, the current stable branch of the software. “The PC-BSD team is pleased to announce the availability of the next PC-BSD / TrueOS quarterly release, 10.1… (read more)

Makulu Gives Unity a Good Name

Makulu Linux now is one of the first major distros to integrate the Unity desktop. It was more than worth the wait! The Unity desktop is Ubuntu’s flagship desktop environment. Parent company Canonical pushed through its development several years ago as a way of introducing users to its “unifying” computing platform for all devices. It removed the traditional panel bar and two-column application menu. It replaced both with an expanding sidebar that lost most of the configurability and functionality of the Linux panel.

Plex Media Server Adds CentOS 7 Support, Fixes Ubuntu and Linux Mint Installation Issues

A new version of the popular and cross-platform Plex Media Server has arrived today with several new features, as well as bug fixes that improve the overall stability and performance of the application.

Among the new features implemented in Plex Media Server, we can mention support for the CentOS 7 Linux operating system, support for decade-based filtering for albums and… (read more)

VirtualBox 5.0 Beta 4 Adds Hot-Plugging Support for the USB Storage Controller

Oracle has just announced the immediate availability for download and testing of the fourth Beta release of the upcoming VirtualBox 5.0 virtualization software for GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows operating systems.

VirtualBox 5.0 Beta 4 brings some XSAVE fixes in the Virtual Machine Manager (VMM), addresses some problems with cloning of virtual machine in the new encryption backend, and repairs several drag and drop issues for Linux guests and hosts.

Moreover… (read more)

GNOME Foundation: Board of Directors Elections 2015 – Candidacy – Carlos Soriano

Name: Carlos Soriano Sanchez
Email: csoriano< at >gnome.org
Affiliation: Red Hat

Hello everyone,

I would like to announce my candidacy for the Foundation Board of Directors.

I have been working on Gnome since 3 years ago, starting as a volunteer on
October of 2012 for gnome-shell and accomplishing successfully Gsoc on
gnome-shell the years 2013 and 2014, joining Red Hat as maintainer of
Nautilus after the end of the 2014 Gsoc.
I have been interested in lower the barrier for newcomers to contribute to
Gnome. In that matter I have reworked part of the GnomeLove wiki. Also I
have been always trying to help newcomers on IRC and make the Gnome
community feel a welcomed place for those people.

As myself, I'm a enthusiastic person, I do what I do because I love it. I
like teaching and helping people, and learn from them at the same time. I
try to be patient, listen and understand what every person has to say.

What can I add to Gnome from the Board?
I want Gnome to be reached by more people. And I will try from different
ways, as I tried until now:

- Community: They want to be listen. They want communication. They want to
know how we take decisions. We need to improve that communication while
being focused and loyal to Gnome goals and vision. Example of specific
solutions I have in mind are:
   *Encouraging maintainers to create short blog posts communicating
important changes.
   *Reach an agreement and explain the way we take decisions both in the
projects and in the foundation.
   *Reach an agreement and explain how to have a voice on Gnome decisions
in the projects and foundation as well.
   *Ensure we have a guideline for good behavior about taking decisions and
how to communicate them to users.

- New developers (aka newcomers): How many people do you think are
searching for nice projects to be involved with, live new experiences and
learn at the same time?
We need to reach those people (I was one of them), and the first step is
lowing the barrier to contribution and understanding of the platform. Some
of the most important projects I want to push here are GnomeLove initiative
and gnome-builder as a developer tool for Gnome.

- Platform "reaproachment": I think the current platform around Gnome is a
little hidden and difficult to contributors. Initiatives like a Github
mirror have been taken, but they are only partly good or not enough. We
need to think about how to be more approachable by the people who are
already used to other workflows from other open source projects that are
using famous tools like Github for code, issues, and contribution or
Wikimedia for the wiki, toolkits like Node.js, etc. without giving up on
Gnome vision and goals.

- Focus: We need to focus more and more on the important issues that can
make Gnome have a bigger impact. Luckily, what I saw on the last years, is
that Gnome is focused and we are doing well here. But I think there is room
for improvement, taking some decisions to encourage people to do certain
things or for example using more projects from outside Gnome with well
established maintenance and community around it.

Hope you like my ideas.

Carlos Soriano
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foundation-announce< at >gnome.org

GNOME Foundation: Board of Directors Elections 2015 – Candidacy – Ekaterina Gerasimova

Hello Foundation members,

I am announcing my candidacy for the board of directors. If elected,
this will be my third term. I have been on the board since 2013, and
contributing for a few years longer. I am currently the documentation
team lead, a member of the Travel Committee, as well as the Foundation

I work for Collabora, although my work there is not currently directly
related to my contributions in GNOME.

I would be happy to answer any questions that you may have about what
I would bring to the board.


GNOME Foundation: Board of Directors Elections 2015 – Candidacy – Ryan Lortie


I am announcing my candidacy for the board of directors.

If elected, this would be my second time on the board.

I have been a GNOME developer during many years, mostly on lower-level

I am currently affiliated with Canonical where I am in the desktop team,
mostly in context of working on the GNOME technologies that are also
used in our products.

I am happy to answer any questions that you may have about how I would
represent you on the board of directors.


GNOME Foundation: Board of Directors Elections 2015 – Shaun McCance

Name: Shaun McCance
Email: shaunm< at >gnome.org
Affiliation: Red Hat

Foundation Members,

I'm announcing my candidacy for the board of directors. I'm a long-time
GNOME developer and enthusiast, because I believe GNOME does important
work in ensuring free software is usable for everybody. I spent ten
years as the docs team lead. I've stepped down from that role, but I
still maintain our docs tools and try to remain active.

I work for Red Hat, though I do not work in the department that works on
GNOME. I work on the Open Source and Standards team as the Community
Documentation Liaison. Basically, my job is to build communities around
documentation in various upstream open source projects.

I served two terms on the board already, from 2011 to 2013. I'd like to
serve again. The board does important work. It's not always glamorous,
but board work is an important piece of the puzzle for maintaining a
healthy ecosystem around GNOME. I think the activities of the current
board have proven just how vital the board is to GNOME.

It also showed just how overtaxed the board has become in the absence of
an Executive Director. If elected, my first priority will be to bring a
new Executive Director on board. I understand there are difficulties in
hiring somebody new, as well as financial considerations. I'm willing to
hunt down those yaks for a good clean shave.


Ubuntu Advantage Storage launches at OpenStack Summit


Canonical launches software-defined storage solutions with cloud-style pricing

  • Ubuntu Advantage Storage delivers a range of supported software-defined storage technologies
  • Initial portfolio includes Ceph, NexentaEdge, Swift and SwiftStack
  • Share of support revenues goes to upstream open source storage projects
  • Plans include option for metered pricing based on data stored, independent of total storage capacity deployed

Vancouver – OpenStack Summit – 18 May 2015. Canonical today announced a new software-defined storage support service, offering a range of storage solutions. Metered support plans are available and priced based on the amount of data written, not the number or size of disks or the number of machines used to provide the service. Support is provided by Canonical with optional L3 escalation to a range of specialist partners.

The portfolio will include both open source technologies such as Ceph and Swift, and vendor solutions from Nexenta, Swiftstack and other third-party providers. Plans from multiple partners may be offered for the same technology.

The Ubuntu Advantage storage offerings enable enterprises to deploy scale-out storage technology onto their commodity hardware infrastructure, distinguishing between supported and unsupported clusters, and routing support calls to a wide range of specialist providers through Canonical as the common L1 support provider.

With Ubuntu Advantage Storage, customers can dynamically increase storage capacity simply by adding more machines or disks to the cluster. By contrast, NAS and SAN arrays require up-front commitment to large amounts of capacity and are difficult to scale incrementally. Canonical works with vendors to integrate leading software-defined storage capabilities into a single deployment and management framework, and into OpenStack clouds built on Ubuntu and the Canonical OpenStack distribution. Scale-out management, RDMA transport enablement, support for SSD & NVMe acceleration, and flexible cache tiering are key features requested by end-users which are now available from open source SDS technologies. Canonical meets customer demand for production delivery by backing them with a commercial support commitment.

“We are privileged to support some of the world’s largest open storage clusters, and are now expanding our offerings to meet customer preference for on-demand usage-based pricing, which helps customers get started” said Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical and Ubuntu. “Fully automated management and integration enable us to deliver a first class experience from day one, even for smaller clusters.”

“OpenStack deployments come with radical storage requirements,” said Thomas Cornely, Chief Product Officer at Nexenta. “By partnering with Canonical on Ubuntu Advantage Storage, NexentaEdge delivers its streamlined architecture and unique functionality – inline deduplication, smart placement, and extremely high data integrity — in a production-ready, fully-supported package that addresses the storage needs of the most demanding cloud deployments while bringing new options to OpenStack administrators.”

SwiftStack was founded to give enterprises the benefits of OpenStack Swift without having to develop their own management stack,“ said Joe Arnold, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer at SwiftStack. “Programs like Ubuntu Advantage Storage help Enterprises choose the engine that powers the world’s largest storage clouds with SwiftStack, the certified object storage distro in the OpenStack Marketplace.”

Metered Pricing


Storage solutions are typically priced per-node or by the total disk capacity deployed. This leads to an obvious penalty for good practices such as replication and advance build-out of total capacity.

Ubuntu Advantage Storage is different: pricing is based on the amount of data written to the storage pool by the user. There is no duplication of costs for replicas, and customers don’t pay for empty space – as expected from a modern public cloud storage service.

Inspired by cloud storage services with a pay-for-what-you-use approach, the metered pricing model is a radical departure from enterprise storage pricing, which is normally based on number of server nodes or total capacity deployed. “Bringing cloud-style pricing to the on-premise market is a key step in the evolution of private cloud,” said Christian ‘Kiko’ Reis, VP of Hyperscale and Storage at Canonical. “Customers now have utility-based pricing for an open portfolio of software-defined storage solutions from a wide range of competing and innovating players, all under one program, on whatever commodity hardware they prefer.”

This innovative pricing model also underlines Canonical’s dedication to support open source projects, including a commitment to contribute a percentage of support revenues to the further development of the upstream open source technology these storage solutions embed.

Jane Silber, CEO at Canonical said “The pace of data creation is exploding. As unstructured data fills disks and data retention policies lengthen, every organisation must grow their storage infrastructure. Organisations facing the imperative to scale need cloud-style economics in the pricing of software and services, and that’s what the Ubuntu Advantage Storage service offers. ”

Ubuntu Advantage Storage Highlights

  • Full support for scale-out storage solutions starting with Ceph, NexentaEdge, Swift, and SwiftStack
  • Designed for on-premise deployment on commodity server hardware
  • Service includes storage software, deployment & management tools, security & stability updates, reference architectures, knowledge base access and 24×7 commercial support
  • Services delivered by cloud experts with real-world experience running some of the largest mega-datacenter storage deployments in the world
  • Unique cloud-style pricing option: based on content written, not disk space or server nodes, and priced from $0.022 per usable GB per month


Available now In the Ubuntu Advantage Storage product portfolio are a variety of leading open source SDS technologies:

  • Ceph, a converged storage framework that offers block, file and object storage capabilities.
  • NexentaEdge, a block and object storage service offering inline de-duplication & compression, low latency block services, instant snapshots and clones, and enterprise grade end to end data integrity.
  • Swift, the high performance S3-compatible object store with class-leading multi-region replication, now with Erasure Codes.
  • SwiftStack, an object storage system built on OpenStack Swift, with an innovative storage controller for global management and NFS and SMB/CIFS file gateways.

These technologies are delivered as 24×7-supported solutions, including reference architectures deployed on top of Ubuntu via Canonical’s suite of cloud tools, including Juju, MAAS, Landscape and Autopilot.

Canonical is exhibiting at OpenStack Summit, Vancouver. Visit booth P3 for further details and to meet the team.

Linus Torvalds Announces Linux Kernel 4.1 Release Candidate 4

With a one-day delay, the forth Release Candidate (RC) version of the upcoming Linux kernel 4.1 was announced on Monday, May 18, by Linus Torvalds.

The RC4 release of Linux kernel 4.1 is getting us closer and closer to the final version, which should arrive sometime in Summer 2015. According to Linus Torvalds, Linux kernel 4.1 RC4 is a little bit bigger … (read more)

GNOME Foundation: Board of Directors Elections 2015 – Candidacy – Jeff Fortin Tam

Name: Jean-François Fortin Tam
Email: nekohayo at gmail
Affiliation: unaffiliated
Web/bio/blog/etc.: http://jeff.ecchi.ca

Hi everybody,

I am offering my candidacy to serve on the Foundation Board for a second

I have been involved in various areas of GNOME since 2004 or so,
including testing, triaging, marketing, mentoring, coding, public
speaking and advocacy, user interaction & UX design, etc. I am a
business developer and manager. Besides running my branding & management
consulting company, I have been serving you as president of the board
since last year. A report on activities accomplished during that time
can be found here:

With the experience gained throughout the years, I hope to continue
serving GNOME to the best of my abilities.

You can learn more about me on my personal website above.

Thank you for your consideration,
Jean-François "Jeff" Fortin Tam
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DreadOut Horror Game Arrives on Steam for Linux

DreadOut, a third person supernatural horror game developed and published by Digital Happiness on Steam, also received a Linux version.

DreadOut went through the Steam Greenlight program and, interestingly enough, it’s one of the few games of its kind on the Linux platform. We don’t have enough horror games, especially titles that can be played from a third person view.

“DreadOut is a third person supernatural horror game where you play as Linda, a high school student tr… (read more)

FFmpeg 2.6.3 “Grothendieck” Officially Released

FFmpeg, a complete solution to record, convert, and stream audio and video, has been upgraded to version 2.6.3 and is now available for download and testing.

The new 2.6.x branch of FFmpeg has been around for a while now, and this is just a maintenance release. All of the packages in the FFmpeg have been upgraded and numerous fixes have been implemented. As it stands right now, this is the most advanced version available, and it should arrive soon in the repositories.

“2… (read more)

BSD Release: PC-BSD 10.1.2

Ken Moore has announced the release of PC-BSD 10.1.2. The PC-BSD project offers users a desktop-oriented operating system based on FreeBSD. The project also provides a server edition, called TrueOS. The latest release of PC-BSD allows users to maintain their home directories on an encrypted external drive and….

GNOME Foundation: Board of Directors Elections 2015 – Candidacy – Alexandre Franke

Name: Alexandre Franke
Affiliation: none

Foundation members,

I have been involved in many areas of GNOME over the past decade,
amongst which are advocacy, translations and GUADEC organization. It
has given me a good overview of how the different areas and teams
within the Foundation function, as well as many occasions to exercise
my coordination, organisational and problem solving skills. I have
enjoyed my time working on GNOME and would like to use what I have
learnt to contribute on a higher level.

Being on the board is not a piece of cake and our past directors have
done a good job. I am now humbly presenting my candidacy, hoping that
I'll be able to serve as well as others have done in the past.


TDF Internship Opening (#201505-01) – Marketing & PR

The Document Foundation (TDF), the charitable entity behind the world’s leading free office suite LibreOffice, seeks a

Marketing & PR Intern

to start work as soon as possible.

The role, which is scheduled for 10 hours a week and an internship time of 3 months, includes amongst other items:

Public Relations Responsibilities

  • Assist with building and maintaining media lists for different geographies
  • Assist with developing, drafting, writing and distributing press releases and other PR materials such as backgrounders and newsletters
  • Assist with media relations, including pitching, researching and scheduling interviews if needed
  • Assist with collection of pictures of project members, free software events, hackfests, and conferences
  • Assist with building and maintaining relationships with relevant media
  • Assist with following-up with members of the media to ensure publication
  • Assist with tracking of press coverage, and creating monthly clipping reports
  • Assist with proofing written materials for style, grammar, etc.

Social Media Responsibilities

  • Assist with drafting and posting tweets and posts on social media
  • Assist with writing and editing blog posts and website articles

Marketing Responsibilities

  • Assist with updating a global calendar of events
  • Assist with researching industry trends and updating marketing data
  • Assist with the development of infographics and other marketing visuals

The role requires the following skills:


  • Excellent communication skills, written, verbal and interpersonal
  • Good understanding of the free software environment and culture
  • Creativity, and ability to work on your own and meet deadlines
  • Good research and internet skills, good teamwork
  • Fluent in spoken and written English (fluency in other languages is desirable but not mandatory)


  • Previous marketing, fundraising or communication experience
  • Experience of updating web pages using an open source CMS
  • Knowledge of graphic and desktop publishing software
  • Knowledge of international environments, willingness to travel

TDF looks for a bright and enthusiastic individual seeking to gain an insight into marketing of open source software through one of the leading international free software foundations. You will provide valuable support to a small and dynamic team and will be comfortable carrying out different tasks – according to your seniority – as part of a team. As a confident communicator, you will be happy to liaise with supporters and individuals, and will use your creativity to help with marketing activities.

The work time during the day is flexible, apart from some fixed times when availability is required (e.g. during meetings, which usually take place between 1400 and 1600 UTC once per week). Applicants are also expected to be available at least two days per week.

TDF welcomes applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

As always, TDF will give some preference to individuals who have previously shown a commitment to TDF, including but not limited to members of TDF. Not being a member, or never having contributed before, does not exclude any applicants from consideration.

The internship offered is time-limited, with no immediate plans to a mid- or long-term employment or contractual relationship. Work happens from the applicant’s home office, which can be located anywhere in the world.

TDF is looking forward to receiving your applications, including curriculum vitae, your financial expectations, and the earliest date of your availability, via e-mail to Florian Effenberger at floeff@documentfoundation.org no later than June 22nd, 2015. You can encrypt your message via PGP/GnuPG.

If you haven’t received feedback by July 20th, 2015 your application could not be considered.

Web Server Going Down For Rebuild Monday May 18th @ 6pm CDT

Hello all, you probably rarely hear from me, but I am the hosting provider for this website.  I wanted to let everyone on here know that our primary server is going to be going down for a complete rebuild tomorrow Monday May 18th, 2015 @ 6pm CDT.  This downtime is expected to last at least 4 hours.  However, depending how things get shuffled around, this site may be moving to the alternate server which would reduce the downtime significantly.  If this site is on the list to be transferred, I will keep you all posted.

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Development Release: Solus Beta 2

Ikey Doherty has announced the availability of the second beta build of Solus (formerly Evolve OS), a Linux distribution with a custom desktop (Budgie) and package manager (eopkg): “The Solus project team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of Solus Operating System beta 2. This release is….